Pamper yourself in paradise at Tahiti’s spas
Monday 9, May 2011
Visitors today are learning what Polynesians have known for centuries – the islands of Tahiti are really like a natural 24-hour spa.
The scent of plumeria, ginger and tiare Tahiti’s national flower, drift through the air creating beautiful aromas. The shallow, crystal-clear lagoons and tropical afternoon rains are invigorating. Even before the first man-made spa was built, Polynesians were accustomed to being rejuvenated by a combination of natural elements. Today, Tahiti offers a unique array of world-class spas that will relax and re-energize.
The Deep Ocean Spa by Algotherm, at the InterContinental Resort and Thalasso Spa Bora Bora, opened in September 2006. This deluxe spa is the world’s first spa to use deep sea water minerals in its therapy treatments. Thanks to the bathymetry of the surrounding ocean, the hotel is able to pump in mineral-rich sea water from a depth of over 3,000 feet, which is then reheated for the spa. Past volcanic activity of the area has infused the water with minerals and vitamins that give it revitalising and restorative properties. Among the treatments available are such indulgent names as ‘Relaxing Pearl Rain Massage’ and ‘Marine Deep Sea Hydromassage Bath with Chromatherapy’.
The year-round Paul Gauguin cruises around Tahiti’s Society Islands are also home to the Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm. On-board services include massage, thalassotherapy, aromatherapy, wraps, steam room treatments and a full range of beautifying services.
At the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, the Hina Spa boasts panoramic views of the lagoon. The hilltop spa enjoys a 360-degree view of Bora Bora’s famed Mount Otemanu on one side and the island of Taha’a in the distance. The spa's menu features locally inspired services such as the Polynesian flower-laden Coconut Milk Bath and a Hydrating Black Pearl Facial.
The Hélène Spa at the InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa is famous for treatments based on Polynesian techniques. Exotic treatments include an outdoor rain shower, a full-body wrap in banana leaves (with a selection of clay, papaya or pineapple emollients) and a dual massage treatment to name a few.
The Manea Spas, the flagship spa brand for SPM Hotels, Resorts and Spas, are located at properties on Taha’a, Tikehau, Manihi, Moorea, and Bora Bora. The spas are designed to reflect the spirit of Taurumi, the Tahitian word for massage and for a philosophy that emphasizes healthy living. All-natural products are used in treatments, such as sandalwood, tiare, ylang ylang, and monoi. The Manea Spa at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort opened in April of this year, and is built on stilts above a small lake in the resort’s lush gardens.
The Spa Miri Miri at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, is the only spa in Tahiti to occupy its own private island. As a member of The Starwood Spa Collection, Spa Miri Miri is inspired by The Seven Pillars of Well-Being: Beauty, Harmony, Aqua, Vitality, Life Balance, Nature and Nutrition. The Spa Miri Miri features Tahitian and Pacific Rim treatments with highlights including the Coffee Volcanic Foot Scrub and the Crushed Pearl Treatment administered in seven elegant private suites. The spa also houses a nail and hair salon, yoga deck and fitness centre.
With its soaring 100-foot ceiling, The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is balanced by the powerful rhythms of the Pacific Ocean and the secluded tranquility of the island's lagoon and features open-air treatment decks amid the kahaia trees. Raised walkways, suspended above a plantation of pandanus trees, lead to the Spa's seven air-conditioned treatment rooms. A spacious couples' suite with glass floor suspended above the lagoon's pristine waters provides absolute privacy over the tranquil lagoon. Guests can also combine their chosen treatment with the natural healing energy of Bora Bora's climate in one of two open-air treatment pavilions, nestled deep within the tropical grove. Other amenities within the Spa include sensory steam rooms, whirlpools with both ocean and lagoon views, a fitness centre looking out over the ocean and a secluded, open air overwater yoga deck.
Le Spa at the Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti incorporates the area’s signature black sand into its treatments. Three double treatment rooms, a Vichy shower, and a cosmetic room provide a peaceful haven where travellers can rejuvenate and refresh.
Aboard Princess Cruises, the Lotus Spa offers a range of body and facial treatments, steam and sauna facilities, a fitness centre, and a salon with hair and nail services. This Asian-themed spa includes dozens of treatments, such as Chakra Stone Therapy and the Asian Lotus Ritual.
With a range of cruise and hotel spa offerings available to complement its natural outdoor spa experience, Tahiti is the ultimate island destination for relaxation and rejuvenation – a place where your spa experience is limited only by your imagination.
For more information on Tahiti and her islands visit: www.tahiti-tourisme.co.uk
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